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Worth gown 1882 by LadyCafElfenlake Worth gown 1882 by LadyCafElfenlake

This is a dress I made for a big ball at the Opera this january. It is very much inspired by a House of Worth dress from 1882, even though I made some adjustments. It was a Russian themed ball so me and my man came as the Russian tsarpair to be(since Nicolaj became tsar first in 1894 or something like that and this was set in the 1880's)

More pictures can be seen here at my blog:…

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Battlefield-Angel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! The artistry that goes into re-creating any House of Worth gown is just epic; nothing represents the Gilded Age better! Absolutely exquisite!
LadyCafElfenlake Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Thank you so much!
Lisette-la-cousette Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I love you dress: everything is just perfect! It suit you very well. I really need to sew a dress of this era! :-)
And I think we have the same tiara... ;-)
LadyCafElfenlake Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014

Thanks, haha yeah i bought it at an international onlinestore, the tiara, so i guess many will have it! ;)

It's fun with a little more of feminine lines to work with, it can be tiresome with all of the straight lines of the 18th Century..

ProfessorBats Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Wow, you pulled this off marvelously! And your friend's dress and husbands uniform too, very impressive.
LadyCafElfenlake Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thank you!!
VictorianRedRose Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my god I'm so jealous :giggle: your very own Worth dress on a Russian themed ball :heart: The dress (and you in it ofcourse) look amazing :D
It fits you perfect, and those details! Would be awesome if you'd ever got the time to do some close-up shots ^^
I was wondering, are you wearing a corset underneath? And if so, do you think it would be possible to get the same smooth lines and perfect fitting without wearing one?
LadyCafElfenlake Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014

Thank you! I'm quite satisfied, and yeah, i missed to do that, it is some parts that doesnt show in the pictures.


And for the corset, yeah you must wear one to get that look even if the whole bodice is lined and boned to, so you must basically bone everything you wear over and under to get it that smooth! it's plenty of work but it pays of when you wear it!

VictorianRedRose Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the info :D that was what I already thought, they always say the right undergarments are essential if you want the accurate historic correct look. Which is a shame for someone like me that doesn't have historically correct corsets and petticoats, nor the time to make one/ money to buy. 
I think I'll just have to improvise if I ever can make a dress as beautiful as this,  and hope it works out somehow :D

Anyway: it's a beautiful gown :heart: Worth dresses are always such an inspiration.
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